LAING, Alexander; [Lynd WARD, Illus.] The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1934.
8vo., black publisher's boards lettered in white to upper cover and spine; upper edge red; preserved in the exceedingly rare unclipped pictorial dust jacket featuring a design by Lynd Ward; additional frontis also by Ward; pp. viii, 376; a very good copy, upper edge with a couple of spots to outer edges; endpapers very lightly offset; inner hinge just starting; the unrestored wrapper is lightly toned, particularly to lower panel, with some rubbing and creasing to folds, and some nicks and chips, particularly to head and foot of spine., which has also just begun to split along one edge. Still a very nice example of this work, rarely seen in the original jacket.
First edition, first printing with the "F&R" monogram on copyright page. In order to avoid any liability suits, the publisher's have very sensibly printed: "WARNING: People unable to sustain violent shocks are advised that they read this book on their own responsibility" to the lower panel.
A gruesome and unique work combining horror, crime and science fiction, The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck features unnecessary amputations, monster babies, mad scientists in secret laboratories, a requistite murder and numerous other strange goings-on. The book was lauded by the horror author Robert Bloch, as “A genuine tour de force… grisly and evocative.”
"… the features of Dr Wyck, pale as a ghost, confronted me. He raised a glass of blood to his lips and drank. The fluid pulsed wavelike across the wan face until it glowed crimson in the darkness - like an illuminated devil's mask on Hallowe'en."